In a forthcoming book, Pope Francis addresses fierce criticism of the anti-masks, believing that the restrictive measures in place were “for the good of the people”. He opposes their supposed egoism to the altruism of anti-racist struggles.
In a book of interviews entitled A time to change, which will be published in French on December 2, Pope Francis takes a stand on several social issues, between scathing criticisms of social movements against the restrictions on freedoms decided by governments to deal with Covid-19, support for the Black Lives Matter movement or still defense of immigration.
As if the measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political attack on their individual freedom.
“Some groups have protested, refusing to keep their distance, demonstrating against travel restrictions – as if the measures that governments must impose for the good of their people constitute some kind of political attack on their individual freedom,” he said. thus Pope Francis in his work.
The Argentinean specifically targets those who revolt “to be forced to wear a mask”, an obligation described by some as “an abuse of state power”, while, according to him, the latter would never care. people who have lost their jobs or have no social security.
For the sovereign pontiff, the people who fight against the restrictions of liberty thus show a certain selfishness, since they will not step up to the niche “against slums where children lack water and education” or so that “The huge sums invested in the arms trade serve to feed the entire human race and to educate every child.” And to hammer: “You will never see these people protesting against the death of George Floyd […], they are unable to get out of their own little world of interests. ”
On the contrary, the protest movements which followed the death of this African-American, killed by a white policeman, find quite favor in the eyes of Pope Francis, who hails a “healthy indignation”. Fully grasping the anti-racist issue as it exists across the Atlantic, the Pope also received at the Vatican on November 23 players from the NBA, the American basketball league, committed against racism and social injustices. . “A” dream team “crossed the ocean to say, with Pope Francis,” no to racism “,” the Vatican News agency said about what it describes as “an unusual meeting between very different universes “.